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Weekly Announcements 02.28.20


March 1, 2020

First Sunday in Lent

Discipline is good, but when what we do is divorced from who we are in Christ Jesus, all our energy can be spent for naught. We may be left feeling empty despite great effort and striving. Jesus reminds us, “Whoever abides in me bears much fruit!” When we are plugged into Christ through His Word, His Spirit fills us with love and life. Christ, our source and hope, blesses us with joy and meaning as His “fruitful” branches.


RED LETTER CHALLENGE—We are on Day 6 of The Red Letter Challenge.  This week's theme is “Being.” Follow along with the Challenge daily on our Facebook page. Share in the Challenge with Pastor Matt’s or Cheryl Cassidy’s Sunday School classes. Children’s classes also follow along with the Challenge. Supplemental questions to enhance your personal study are available in the narthex.

DAY OF PRAYING—You are invited to “be” with Christ this Wednesday, March 4. Refer to the bulletin insert for open prayer times in the sanctuary, worship times, and a prayer guide. Don’t want to pray alone? Prayer partners will be available on-site 6:30-8:00 am and 11:00-4:00 pm. 

COMMUNICATIONS SURVEY UPDATE—The Communications Committee would like to thank those who participated in the recent survey. We have found your feedback invaluable as we evaluate the policy that will guide Our Shepherd communications. The committee has met twice to analyze and discuss the results and has compiled a list of action items for the Church Governance Board to consider. We will be taking next steps to obtain a clearer picture from ministry leaders on their needs for communication. We appreciate the trust you have placed in the committee and we will update you as more progress is made.

PRAYER GARDEN—This is the final weekend for the brick display in the narthex. If you need help with a design or want to sponsor a brick, please contact Donna Maloney at or order online at

OSLS—As we begin the final trimester of this school year, we reflect on God’s blessings upon us including: thirteen transfer students since school started, an in-house resource teacher to provide additional support for our students and teachers, our special education partners from Avon who love our school as their own and have a heart for our ministry, and parents supportive of their children and the ministry of our school. Please raise up prayers of thanks for the gifts that God has provided in our students, teachers, and parents and that we can continue to bless them with the Good News of Jesus!

SHARE LIFE WITH OUR SHEPHERD-This weekend, couples from our congregation are participating in our Marriage Retreat in Brown County. We lift them up in our prayers, along with all of our families, that God will bless the husbands and wives of our congregation with true love for each other, patience for one another and the joy that kindness, respect, and honor bring to our families, united in Christ.


Sara Bartleson, Donald Levenhagen, Tee Lipsey, Pat Marsh, David Payne, Buddy Ray, Anna Rosebrough, and John Widau. For all of our homebound members including Katie Koontz. For all missionaries including Pastor Dan Coffey, IN State Police Chaplain. For all who are imprisoned. For all persecuted Christians throughout the world. For our active military, including Dominick Greci, Dylan Pliska-Lyndoe and Rex Rafferty. 


Midweek Lenten Services, Mar. 4, 11, 18, 25, Apr. 1

Red Letter Challenge, Day of Praying, Mar. 4

Red Letter Challenge, Day of Forgiving, Mar. 11

Red Letter Challenge, Day of Serving, Mar. 21

Red Letter Challenge, Day of Giving, Mar. 25



1Now the serpent was more crafty than any other beast of the field that the Lord God had made. He said to the woman, “Did God actually say, ‘You shall not eat of any tree in the garden’?” 2And the woman said to the serpent, “We may eat of the fruit of the trees in the garden, 3but God said, ‘You shall not eat of the fruit of the tree that is in the midst of the garden, neither shall you touch it, lest you die.’” 4But the serpent said to the woman, “You will not surely die. 5For God knows that when you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.” 6So when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was a delight to the eyes, and that the tree was to be desired to make one wise, she took of its fruit and ate, and she also gave some to her husband who was with her, and he ate. 7Then the eyes of both were opened, and they knew that they were naked. And they sewed fig leaves together and made themselves loincloths. 8And they heard the sound of the Lord God walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and the man and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the Lord God among the trees of the garden. 9But the Lord God called to the man and said to him, “Where are you?” 10And he said, “I heard the sound of you in the garden, and I was afraid, because I was naked, and I hid myself.” 11He said, “Who told you that you were naked? Have you eaten of the tree of which I commanded you not to eat?” 12The man said, “The woman whom you gave to be with me, she gave me fruit of the tree, and I ate.” 13Then the Lord God said to the woman, “What is this that you have done?” The woman said, “The serpent deceived me, and I ate.” 14The Lord God said to the serpent, “Because you have done this, cursed are you above all livestock and above all beasts of the field; on your belly you shall go, and dust you shall eat all the days of your life. 15I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and her offspring; he shall bruise your head, and you shall bruise his heel.”16To the woman he said, “I will surely multiply your pain in childbearing; in pain you shall bring forth children .Your desire shall be contrary to your husband, but he shall rule over you.”17And to Adam he said, “Because you have listened to the voice of your wife and have eaten of the tree of which I commanded you, ‘You shall not eat of it,’ cursed is the ground because of you; in pain you shall eat of it all the days of your life; 18 thorns and thistles it shall bring forth for you; and you shall eat the plants of the field.19By the sweat of your face you shall eat bread, till you return to the ground, for out of it you were taken; for you are dust, and to dust you shall return.” 20The man called his wife's name Eve, because she was the mother of all living. 21 And the Lord God made for Adam and for his wife garments of skins and clothed them.

EPISTLE READING, Romans 5:12-19

12 Therefore, just as sin came into the world through one man, and death through sin, and so death spread to all men because all sinned— 13 for sin indeed was in the world before the law was given, but sin is not counted where there is no law. 14 Yet death reigned from Adam to Moses, even over those whose sinning was not like the transgression of Adam, who was a type of the one who was to come. 15 But the free gift is not like the trespass. For if many died through one man's trespass, much more have the grace of God and the free gift by the grace of that one man Jesus Christ abounded for many. 16 And the free gift is not like the result of that one man's sin. For the judgment following one trespass brought condemnation, but the free gift following many trespasses brought justification. 17 For if, because of one man's trespass, death reigned through that one man, much more will those who receive the abundance of grace and the free gift of righteousness reign in life through the one man Jesus Christ. 18 Therefore, as one trespass led to condemnation for all men, so one act of righteousness leads to justification and life for all men. 19 For as by the one man's disobedience the many were made sinners, so by the one man's obedience the many will be made righteous.

GOSPEL READING,  John 15:5-17

[Jesus said], 5 “I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing. If anyone does not abide in me he is thrown away like a branch and withers; and the branches are gathered, thrown into the fire, and burned. If you abide in me, and my words abide in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. By this my Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit and so prove to be my disciples. As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Abide in my love. 10 If you keep my commandments, you will abide in my love, just as I have kept my Father's commandments and abide in his love. 11 These things I have spoken to you, that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be full. 12 This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. 13 Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends. 14 You are my friends if you do what I command you. 15 No longer do I call you servants, for the servant does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all that I have heard from my Father I have made known to you. 16 You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit and that your fruit should abide, so that whatever you ask the Father in my name, he may give it to you. 17 These things I command you, so that you will love one another.”

Weekly Announcements 02.21.20

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February 23, 2020

Transfiguration of our Lord  

When God the Father addressed Jesus’ disciples standing on the Mount of Transfiguration, He said, “This is My Son, My Chosen One; listen to Him!” We do well to listen to the One who is the very Word of God made flesh in Jesus! So we will spend this Lenten season listening to and focusing on the words of Jesus, known as the “red letter” words of the Bible. Why? So that we may come to know and grow into the image of the One whose love and life are the source of our very being.


LENTEN SERVICES—Join us Wednesdays in Lent, beginning this week, Ash Wednesday, February 26, for services at 4:30 and 6:30 pm. There will be a meal served each week in the gym between the services at 5:30 pm. A free-will offering will be collected by the group that is hosting the meal. Weekly Bible study will immediately follow the 6:30 pm service.

RED LETTER CHALLENGE—Day 1 of our 40 day Red Letter Challenge is this Tuesday!  This week's introduction to the five themes of the Red Letter Challenge asks us to consider what a disciple is, and if Jesus’ words can truly transform us. Follow along with the Challenge daily on our Facebook page. Books are still available for $10 in the narthex and supplemental questions to enhance your personal study are available under the bulletin board.

MEN’S RETREAT—Join 150 men in Christian fellowship on April 17-19 at Lakeview Villages in Seymour, IN as we explore the topic of “LOST TH1NGS” with Rev. Jonathan Fisk. What does the First Article of the creed mean for our everyday life? Get away and enjoy God’s great creation, eat like a king at our hog roast, join in good-natured brotherly competition and much more. Visit for info and registration.

LUTHERAN HIGH SCHOOL—Tickets for the spring musical, Seussical, are on sale now and may be purchased online! We have four Our Shepherd alumni participating either on stage or behind the scenes of this musical event. Ticket prices increase at the door.

OSLS—On Tuesday, students and staff met in the gym and celebrated the blessing of 10 years in this facility with prayer, singing, and cake! The school is thankful for the blessings that the Lord has provided for ministry in this pace and we thank all of you for being part of our growth and journey in Avon.

Enrollment for OSLS is open! We expect early childhood, Kindergarten, and 1st grade to be near capacity. If interested, apply for admission now. Contact Tomi Mattick (networking@ourshepherd. org), Principal Amy Hedges ( ) or visit our website to apply.


Sara Bartleson, Tee Lipsey, Pat Marsh, David Payne, Buddy Ray, Anna Rosebrough, and John Widau. For all of our homebound members including Orpha Harris. For all who mourn including the family and friends of Russell Shoemaker. For all missionaries including Alyssa Anders, LCMS missionary to Russia. For all who are imprisoned. For all persecuted Christians throughout the world. For our active military, including Dominick Greci, Dylan Pliska-Lyndoe and Rex Rafferty. 


Ash Wednesday Services, Feb. 26, 4:30 & 6:30 pm

Marriage Retreat, Feb. 28-Mar. 1

Midweek Lenten Services, Mar. 4, 11, 18, 25, Apr. 1 



8 And Moses took the blood and threw it on the people and said, “Behold the blood of the covenant that the Lord has made with you in accordance with all these words.” 9 Then Moses and Aaron, Nadab, and Abihu, and seventy of the elders of Israel went up, 10 and they saw the God of Israel. There was under his feet as it were a pavement of sapphire stone, like the very heaven for clearness. 11 And he did not lay his hand on the chief men of the people of Israel; they beheld God, and ate and drank. 12 The Lord said to Moses, “Come up to me on the mountain and wait there, that I may give you the tablets of stone, with the law and the commandment, which I have written for their instruction.” 13 So Moses rose with his assistant Joshua, and Moses went up into the mountain of God. 14 And he said to the elders, “Wait here for us until we return to you. And behold, Aaron and Hur are with you. Whoever has a dispute, let him go to them.” 15 Then Moses went up on the mountain, and the cloud covered the mountain. 16 The glory of the Lord dwelt on Mount Sinai, and the cloud covered it six days. And on the seventh day he called to Moses out of the midst of the cloud. 17 Now the appearance of the glory of the Lord was like a devouring fire on the top of the mountain in the sight of the people of Israel. 18 Moses entered the cloud and went up on the mountain. And Moses was on the mountain forty days and forty nights.

EPISTLE READING, 2 Peter 1:16-21

16 For we did not follow cleverly devised myths when we made known to you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but we were eyewitnesses of his majesty. 17 For when he received honor and glory from God the Father, and the voice was borne to him by the Majestic Glory, “This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased,” 18 we ourselves heard this very voice borne from heaven, for we were with him on the holy mountain. 19 And we have the prophetic word more fully confirmed, to which you will do well to pay attention as to a lamp shining in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts, 20 knowing this first of all, that no prophecy of Scripture comes from someone's own interpretation. 21 For no prophecy was ever produced by the will of man, but men spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit.

GOSPEL READING, Luke 9:23-36

23 And he said to all, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me. 24 For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will save it. 25 For what does it profit a man if he gains the whole world and loses or forfeits himself? 26 For whoever is ashamed of me and of my words, of him will the Son of Man be ashamed when he comes in his glory and the glory of the Father and of the holy angels. 27 But I tell you truly, there are some standing here who will not taste death until they see the kingdom of God.” 28 Now about eight days after these sayings he took with him Peter and John and James and went up on the mountain to pray. 29 And as he was praying, the appearance of his face was altered, and his clothing became dazzling white. 30 And behold, two men were talking with him, Moses and Elijah, 31 who appeared in glory and spoke of his departure, which he was about to accomplish at Jerusalem. 32 Now Peter and those who were with him were heavy with sleep, but when they became fully awake they saw his glory and the two men who stood with him. 33 And as the men were parting from him, Peter said to Jesus, “Master, it is good that we are here. Let us make three tents, one for you and one for Moses and one for Elijah”—not knowing what he said. 34 As he was saying these things, a cloud came and overshadowed them, and they were afraid as they entered the cloud. 35 And a voice came out of the cloud, saying, “This is my Son, my Chosen One; listen to him!” 36 And when the voice had spoken, Jesus was found alone. And they kept silent and told no one in those days anything of what they had seen.

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